Monday, September 25, 2017

QUOTATION: We Must All Repent of Abortion

Fr. Frank Pavone
We need to see abortion not just as somebody else’s sin but our sin. Even if we have never participated in an abortion, we must ask forgiveness for it. It is easy to blame abortion on those who do it and support it. But we must blame ourselves as well. This is spiritual dynamic that has to undergird all of our other activities to abolish abortion. First and foremost we are called to repent, to take responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed, and then to intervene to save the helpless.

--Fr. Frank Pavone, Abolishing Abortion

Sunday, September 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Take Risks!

Pope Francis

Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. Here I repeat for the entire Church what I have often said to the priests and laity of Buenos Aires: I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and which then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat” (Mk 6:37).

--Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium #49, November 24, 2013.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

QUOTATION: Christianity

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Christianity is not a complicated philosophy that has in the meanwhile also become obsolete, not a package of dogmas and rules beyond being grasped as a whole. Christian faith is being touched by God and witnessing to him.

--Pope Benedict XVI, “The Church on the Threshold of the Third Millennium”, Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith

Friday, September 22, 2017

QUOTATION: The Anti-Religious

Archbishop Fulton J. SheenWhy are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.

--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, September 21, 2017

QUOTATION: Correcting People in Error

St. Ignatius Loyola
We should not dispute stubbornly with anyone; rather we should patiently give our reasons with the purpose of declaring the truth lest our neighbor remain in error, and not that we should have the upper hand.

--St. Ignatius Loyola, To the Scholastics at Alcalá, 1543